Motel One plans approved

Plans for a new hotel designed by Stephen Hodder for German chain Motel One in Manchester's Piccadilly area were approved by the city council's planning committee on Thursday.

Motel One designHodder + Partners won a design contest at the end of last year to design the 330-room hotel facing Piccadilly station on the corner of London Road and Whitworth Street.

The developer is London-based Olympian Group, which acquired the site out of administration from a subsidiary of Targetfollow.

The construction tender brief has been issued immediately and a contractor is expected to be appointed in the autumn ready to start construction in the first quarter of 2013. The hotel, in blocks of eight and 13 storeys, is scheduled to take around 18 months to complete.

Leases with current tenants including Hotel International and nightclub operators Legends are due expire at the end of this year.

Motel One designOne of the buildings set for demolition housed the Twisted Wheel club famed for the birth of Northern Soul. The plans for the new hotel have divided local opinion and angered certain music fans.

The planning committee deferred its decision by one month while negotiations were held with the nightclub operators over possibly saving the basement club space, although this plan was deemed unfeasible by planning officers and the developers.

The nightclub bosses will be allowed to take fittings from the venue and are believed to be planning a new venture elsewhere.

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Goodbye heritage and interest, hello corporate blandness.

By Grace Jones

Agreed. Shockingly bad urban design.

By Toby

That is appallingly dull, the 1984 look is obviously what we have to look forward to in these times of austerity.

By Nick

I love the closing comment about the nightclub bosses being allowed to take fittings as they are planning another venture elsewhere. Have you been in there recently? I predict the value of the plot will significantly increase once the "fittings" have been removed.

By Tom

would have not been that hard to leave legends in the basement a club that’s that my mother used to go to and now me and my children go to won two club of the year awards last year, why have new hotel we have enough people don’t come to Manchester to see hotels

By Steve

Same architect on the office building around the corner. Same simplistic look, and nil contribution to the streetscape

By juliet cooper

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